Any Paraplegics Here? Need Workout Advice.

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    Sep 07, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    One of my best friends is a paraplegic (paralyzed from the waist down.) She seems to be getting weaker, especially in her back and she says that yogo just isn't cutting it anymore. She's not overweight or anything. In fact, she's probably under her ideal weight. She's a beautiful person, inside and out and I'd like to help her but not sure where to start with the limitations. Anyone here a para or have any experience with para workouts?
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    Sep 07, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    My partner helps me with flexing and extending muscles working methodically on my affected side.

    Beginning with my left toes (the paralyzed ones) he interlaces his fingers into my toes. It spreads the tendons that connct all the way up. It feels freaky. trace along the top of the tendon to the ankle, manipulating the tendon gently.. stretch and try to rotate the joint in its full rotation. (if it moves freely. Any resistance will be a trouble spot.) don't force it, - skip it and move on.

    grip the calf muscle between thumb and forefinger and massage, finding and manipulating the tendons. each one will lead you to the next travelling up the body.

    By to time you reach the arm pit you are pressing your middle fingers upward under the armpit, with your thumb pressing down ward from your neck.

    the chain actually continues up the neck tendon under the jaw, and massage under the jawline of the mandibular joint muscles and base of tongue feels good and also relaxes the wrist. by direct referral.


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    Then (and only then) can i attain full WRIST rotation.




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    Sep 07, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    alternately i can start from the temporomandibular joint and neck and work down.
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    Sep 07, 2011 5:01 PM GMT
    Thanks. I'm going to copy and paste that and send it to her. We don't live in the same city. Do you know of any passive exercises?